On Russian Independence Day
Terrorists set houses on fire, and killed and kidnapped civilians in the small Chechen town of Benoy-Vedeno. The attack may have been coordinated with other terrorist acts in the Caucuses.
June 12 was Russia's Independence Day. Generally, Russians do not quite understand why this holiday celebrates "independence," and who exactly the Russians gained their independence from in June 1990. However, this year the evening of and the morning after the holiday were marked by explosions, shootings, killings, house burnings, and kidnappings that occurred in Chechnya, Dagestan, and Ingushetia, all during the same 12 hours.
First, the Russian Republic of Dagestan saw a powerful explosion at 5:40 am. The bomb was detonated in downtown Makhachkala, just 150 meters (450 feet) from the city administration building. One 48-year-old jogger was severely injured in the blast, and died on the way to the hospital.
A few hours later, a grocery store in Nazran (Ingushetia) suffered a powerful explosion that killed four people, including a 14-year-old girl. Local authorities said that the explosion was caused by household gas. Whether this is true or not, the cruel murders, kidnappings and house-burnings that took place in Chechen town of Benoy-Vedeno were clearly caused by Islamic terrorists.
Location of Chechnya and other Caucuses republics in the Russian Federation
Today, the jihadi cowards are afraid to show up in major cities that are peaceful and controlled by law enforcement agencies. Instead, they targeted a distant mountain Muslim (!) settlement for their "show." The town of Benoy-Vedeno has always opposed the extremists and openly supported the legitimate Russian government.
Nearly 60 criminals showed their bravery at 12:30 a.m. on June 13 by first shooting at a car that refused to stop in accordance with their demands. The vehicle was carrying a father and his two sons; all three of them died on the spot. They were known in town as a "beautiful and peaceful family." Then these delusional "believers" kidnapped several peaceful citizens and set five houses on fire. A mother, with tears in her eyes, begged a terrorist not to burn the house where her two little daughters were sleeping. When the jihadists set her home on fire, she rescued the little girls, enduring severe burns. The terrorists also burned two cars that belonged to the police officers' families, and kidnapped the former mayor of the town, along with several other civilians.
Russian police and military forces, joined by government officials, arrived in the town a few hours too late. The town is surrounded by thousand-year old forests and ancient mountains. The nearby woods and passes have been cordoned off and are being searched by security forces. However, it would be overly optimistic to hope for the successful results of the "search-and-kill" operation. The gang was led by Usman Muntsigov (also knowns as "Shartal," born in 1975) who is wanted in every Russian state. Russia Blog hopes that the criminals will be found and brought to justice, and extends our sympathies to the families that suffered through this tragedy. It is very unfortunate that some Russian families cannot feel safe on the night of their country's Independence Day.
More photos from Benoy-Vedeno:
Gathering the evidence
Searching the woods for terrorists...
Explosion in Nazran claimed four lives.